Three-dimensional (3D) printing technology, or additive manufacturing, uses digital computer models to produce objects by depositing materials, layer by layer, on a build platform.
There are a number of applications for 3D printing in health care and a growing number of academic research institutions, hospitals, dental practices, medical device manufacturers, and even consumers use it.
Additionally, a number of other industries, including aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, use 3D printing to manufacture products.
Expectations for this technology have grown exponentially over the past few years, from the possibility of printing functioning organs to personalized drugs. CIOs who support and work collaboratively with non-IT leaders on 3D printing initiatives can establish the IT department as an innovative leader.
This research report discusses the disruptive potential of 3D printing, as the technology can help to streamline the supply chain, improve patient outcomes, and offer new avenues for cross-departmental collaboration and creativity.
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